Becoming A Dad

Fatherhood begins before your baby is born. Keeping yourself and your partner healthy before, during and after pregnancy can make a big difference in helping your baby be born healthy and strong. That’s why we’re here throughout your journey to become a dad with health and wellness resources for every stage of pregnancy so your family can have the best possible start.

Learn how to prepare and support your partner with the following self-guided information.

Getting ready
to be a dad

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During birth
and labor

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After baby's

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Additional Resources

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Hear fathers talk about their personal experiences in Becoming a Dad.

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As you walk through the content and watch the education videos and hear from other fathers, below are the worksheet includes some questions you can ask yourself and talk through with your partner as you continue on your journey to fatherhood.

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For expectant families, has resources before pregnancy and for moms before, during and after pregnancy at It Starts With Mom.

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Spanish-speaking women and families can find helpful information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and baby at

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Having a baby in the NICU can be difficult. The March of Dimes My NICU Baby® App has answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby. Learn about NICU staff, policies, equipment and terminology at any time. The app has been developed and designed by experts to help you advocate for the best care for your baby.

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Find support and comfort online. There’s a supportive online environment that’s just right for you with trusted information and advice, helpful resources and caring people who want to connect.

Check out the resources for the full video stories.

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In June you can also start a March of Dimes Do-It-Yourself Father’s Day Fundraiser to honor a special dad in your life while also supporting our work to fight for all families.